Internal-use kernel code
Posted Dec 16, 2005 16:51 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: That's why I love Linux...
Parent article: SMP alternatives
You silently merge the idea of making source code available and of getting it in the kernel.org tree. You also seem to merge, as many people do, the idea of submitting code for inclusion and of that code being included.
There's a significant cost to getting code into kernel.org. I myself write lots of kernel code, and while the world is welcome to all of it and much of it is published, I have never attempted to get any of it into kernel.org.
First, I'd have to translate it to a coding style I don't like and package it according to some pretty specific rules. Then I'd have to run the gauntlet of some mailing list, probably having to rework the code a few times. Some of that rework would be stuff I don't agree with. Some would be stuff I have no use for. At no point would I have any guarantee my work would result in any code going in.
So I suffer the costs of being out of tree (mainly, I can't use the most current kernel.org code), but it beats the cost of getting in tree.
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